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Research Fundamentals: Develop a Research Plan

Before you begin

Read and Understand Your Assignment

What information has your instructor given you about your research assignment? Check:

  • Blackboard
  • Your syllabus
  • Your notes
  • Assignment handouts

Assignment information should provide you with all the information you need to get started and complete the assignment successfully, including the length, focus, format, and purpose of your research.

With the information you have, can you answer the following questions:

  • When is the assignment due? Are there dates for submitting a proposal or multiple drafts?
  • Is there a page number requirement or speech time requirement? If so, how long?
  • How many sources do you need? Are there specific types of sources you must use or cannot use?

If you cannot answer these questions with the information you have, contact your instructor.

In addition to the assignment requirements, you should also consider your own circumstances:

  • How busy will you be between now and when the assignment is due?
  • When can you schedule time to do research and complete the assignment?
  • What strengths do you bring to the project?
  • Is there anything you need to learn to successfully complete this assignment?
  • Do you know where to go for assistance with research? with writing?


Guides to College Research

Making Sense in the Life Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing

Part of the best-selling Making Sense series, Making Sense in the Life Sciences is an indispensable guide for students in any area of the life sciences - including biology, biochemistry, health sciences, pharmacology, and zoology. Maintaining the clear, straightforward style of the otherbooks in the series, this book outlines topics such as writing essays and lab reports, conducting research, evaluating Internet sources, using electronic journal databases, and documenting sources.

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